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A History of the Future

I am a student of history. I love it. It is, in a sense, therapy for me. I appreciate the power of the past enough that I even earned a graduate degree in it.  My reading list for 2016 leans heavily towards what once was.  I recall fondly one of my professors saying, “For every…

Tomatoes & Fruit Salad

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” I saw this quote the other day, and at first I laughed. Mostly at the sentiment and its truth, but also because the real answer is that tomatoes don’t go in *anything* (I’m really, really not a…

Easter people in a Good Friday world…

“Is today still Easter?” These same four words have been the first thing out of my 3 year old son’s mouth every morning since Sunday. It’s understandable. Family time and chocolate are the boy’s love languages and he got to enjoy plenty of both this past weekend in all our celebrating. Throw in the llama…

Living Water & Melty Pavement

A few years ago, I was on a mission trip near Chicago. In this particular ministry, we bike anywhere from 15-80 miles from church to church to perform a worship program for our host congregations. The idea is that you bike with one other person throughout the day and really get to know them and…

Love Our Schools

Shortly after she arrived as the new Principal at Marsh I reached out to Ms. Martha Bujanda and asked her how Holy Cross (and the neighborhood association around Marsh) could support her in this new role.  Without hesitation she expressed a desire to make sure the teachers and staff at Marsh felt valued and appreciated….

Honk if you love Jesus….

Do you remember the old “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper stickers?  I never understood how a bunch of people honking their car horns at each other was supposed to share Jesus’ love.  I’m pretty sure most of the honking I hear daily on the streets of Dallas is intended to convey something very different…

Nurturing and Growing What is Entrusted to Us

As a congregation, we will soon embark on an effort to “re-steward” the resources entrusted to us. I’m not even sure if “re-steward” is a word, but it is a concept—returning to the proper care of what God has given to us for the sake of Jesus and his mission. Our theme verse is Galatians…

Wilderness Survival Kits

Jesus is baptized and hears before men a huge proclamation from the Father about who he is, and it is an amazing event for sure! With urgency in the storytelling, he is then drawn out into the wilderness to be tempted. Without any other people. For forty days. I can’t think of a greater example…

Our God Who Restores

The day after Christmas is usually a relaxing day for most people.  After a day of exchanging gifts, eating food and enjoying family most people just like to chill.  However, for many living about 30 miles east of Holy Cross in parts of the communities of Rowlett, Mesquite and Garland, December 26, 2015 was anything…

Who are you?

My 3 year old is going through a rather annoying phase. He refuses to be referred to by anything other than his first name… “Let’s go, Buddy.” “I’m not Buddy, I’m Griffin!” “Are you hungry?” “I’m not hungry, I’m Griffin!” “You are really tall for your age.” “I’m not ‘tall for my age’, I’m Griffin!”…